The cockatiel was once considered a crested parrot or small cockatoo; however, more recent molecular studies have assigned it to its own unique Cockatoo subfamily, It is, therefore, now classified as the smallest of the "Cacatuidae" (Cockatoo family).
Absolutely wonderful pets for all kinds of people, be they old or young, new to birds or experienced. Easily tamed and trained, they adore being a part of daily household life, and are very social creatures that can also play independently. Sweet and loving to their companions, they will make very energetic and delightful members of the family. Cockatiels can be noisy, and their talking ability is not extensive. They prefer whistles.
DIET: Diet consists of a pelleted blend, veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds as treats. A small amount of white meat, such as chicken is occasionally welcomed as well, as is completely cooked egg.